This issue continues a California History tradition: exploring California Indian Country.1 Charles A. Sepulveda (Tongva and Acjachemen) begins our journey with “Hallucinations of the Spanish Imaginary and the Idealized Hotel California,” an article as moody and dystopic as its namesake song. Larisa K. Miller takes an indirect route, detailing the rise and fall of a white-led “save the Indian” group, the Northern California Indian Association, as it attempted to influence Bureau of Indian Affairs policies and actions in the state. William J. Bauer Jr. (Wailacki and Concow of the Round Valley Indian Tribes), Katrina M. Phillips (Red Cliff Ojibwe), and Margaret Heuttl (descended from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibweg, Assyrian refugees, and European settlers) cross the plains virtually. In “Retracing The Oregon Trail,” they describe the challenges of reimagining a game that celebrated settler colonialism, in a way that honors and acknowledges Native American homelands and peoples. Each of...

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